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Sibyl Creasey and Shirley Fuller have extracted news articles from two old county newspapers, the Canton Herald and the Wills Point Chronicle. These newspapers have been microfilmed and are housed at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton, for the benefit of researchers. Copies of these articles are also available by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. When requesting a copy, please send a check or money order for $2 to cover cost of copying and postage.


CANTON HERALD, March 20, 1931

"Every spring C.J. Hubbard, 87, of Van Zandt county, plants and cares for a field of squash on the farm of his son-in-law, J.F. Mayfield. Like other cautious growers, he spent most of Monday carefully covering the plants to protect them from threatened frost damage. And Tuesday he spent uncovering them after the frost failed to come. Despite his advanced age, Mr. Hubbard does all the work required by his squash patch and expects to have a splendid crop for market soon.

"Fire of an undetermined origin destroyed the home of Mrs. Fanny Carr, as formerly known, but by reason of marriage some years ago, is now known as some one else, last Monday about the noon hour. It was perhaps a rather unpretentious home, but it was a home for all that-vine and fig trees. The domicile, a front room and a leanto, was shelter enough for the family until the fire fiend came along and destroyed the abode of this colored family. Fire is no respector of person or things; fire is assiduous, and if not arrested, pursues its havoc to the bitter end, and that is what happened in this case. Many Cantonites sympathized with ‘Miss Fanny' in this calamity, and many have made donations in cash, intended to aid her in recovering from her misfortune. (For more on this incident and more about Miss Fanny, see original article)

LOCALS: Miss Mamie Maume was a Wills Point visitor Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Sherd Todd of Breckenridge visited friends here last week. Mrs. Jno. E. Sides and Miss Ethel Lively were Dallas visitors first of the week. Mrs. M.C. Foster and her daughter, Mrs. Mildred Burrage were Dallas visitors last week-end. Mrs. and Mrs. Minor Burns and Mrs. Lillian High made a trip to Athens the other day, Mr. Burns going on business and the others on pleasure bent. Mesdames Letha Ward, Rena Evans and Miss Lorene Mitchell, all of Dallas, were here Sunday visiting Mrs. Alice Mitchell and other relatives and many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fowler and infant daughter, Joe Ann, from Seminole, Oklahoma, were here last of the week visiting Mrs. J.W. Barnes, other relatives and friends. Note the improvements, if you will, on the Craft Café, just to the rear of the White Swan Café, on West Dallas street. An addition is being made to the building providing more room to wait upon the trade. Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Taylor of Mineola, joined here by Mrs. and Mrs. K. Taylor, motored to Fort Worth Sunday and attended the Fat Stock Show, also being present at a family reunion in that city.

"Hayden Bateman was here first of the week from Dallas, where he recently entered Byrne's Commercial College, taking a general business course. His many Canton friends wish him abundant success in his new undertaking, all being sure he will make good. Mrs. and Mrs. D.W. Compton and little daughter, Wanda, who has been residing in Denton for some time, have returned to make their home in Canton, and have taken apartments at the home of Mrs. Dora Groome. Mrs. Compton will open a beauty shop in Canton right away. Mr. and Mrs. K. Taylor made an automobile trip to Dawson, in Ellis county, last week, being accompanied by Mrs. Jesse Smith of this city, who remained there for a few days with relatives and friends. On their way home Mr. and Mrs. Taylor stopped over night at Covington with the latter's sister, Mrs. Georgia Russell, who accompanied them home for a few days' visit.

"The Parent-Teacher Association of Van Zandt county met in Canton on March 14 for the organization of a County Council. Almost every one of the local PTA's were represented. The meeting was called order by Mrs. M.M. Simmons of Wills Point, who is the county organizer. She the aim and purpose of a County Council. Reports were made from each organization which proved beyond a doubt that Parent-Teacher work is filling a big place in the upbuilding of our county. County Superintendent A.O. Loughmiller and County Demonstration Agent Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon made short and helpful addresses, pledging their hearty support.

"A report of the nominating committee was made and the following officers were elected: President, Mrs. F.V. Bryant, Martins Mill; president-at-large, Mrs. I.L. Elam, Edgewood; 1st vice-president, Mrs. Earl M. Greer, Wills Point; 2nd vice-president, Mrs. J.M. Shields, Canton; 3rd vice- president, Mrs. Paul Laverents, Van; recording secretary, Miss Willis Gilmore, Grand Saline; publicity, Mrs. R.S. Teague, Wills Point. A committee on By-Laws was appointed to report at the meeting in May. Mesdames J.C. Lively, Canton; G.O. Reynolds, Martins Mill; and Miss Nell Peavy, Edgewood, are the committee.

"Miss Sparkman and Mrs. Stanford of Canton furnished two beautiful musical numbers. Mrs. Ellis Campbell of Wills Point gave a very instructive and much appreciated address on ‘Character Building.'After a lunch hour, which was indeed a picnic lunch, each woman having brought a lunch, Canton ladies furnishing hot coffee, Mrs. M.A. Taylor of Bonham, the district president, held a school instruction. We are indeed proud of this county organization and ask for the cooperation of each school and parent of the county."


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